The Co-Main Event Podcast

With Chad newly returned from his family trip, the CME is back to its normal schedule this week with a lot of stuff to catch up on. Firstly, there was UFC 225, which included big wins from Robert Whittaker, Colby Covington, Holly Holm and others. Chad and Ben spend a good chunk of this show talking about that event. Also, there was the Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series, which saw disgraced former NFL player Greg Hardy score a UFC developmental deal after a 57-second knockout win. Oh yeah, the guys also set a very appropriate date for the next installment of the CME book club and announce some exciting upcoming giveaways. It’s truly something you won’t want to miss.

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UFC 225 is right around the corner, so this week’s Co-Main Event Podcast largely concerns itself getting you ready for that event. What does middleweight champion Robert Whittaker have to prove--or gain--fighting Yoel Romero a second time? Is Colby Covington actually getting over on us with his “heel” gimmick? Does Alistair Overeem have legitimate beef for being left off the pay-per-view portion of the card? Oh, yeah--and CM Punk. What … exactly … can … we … expect … from … him? And do we care? Plus, you know Ben just returned from a weekend jaunt to Wyoming, where he took in some bare knuckle boxing. So Chad makes sure we all get to that bottom of that little pleasure cruise. Why? Because the CME Universe deserves it, that’s why

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

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After a short break for Memorial Day, the CME is back--and just in time to discuss the retirement of Michael Bisping. Bisping announced his exit from MMA on his own podcast on Monday, nicely teeing-up Ben and Chad to discuss one of the UFC’s most unique careers on Tuesday. In addition to that, they look at Darren Till’s “win” (?) over Stephen Thompson at UFC Fight Night 130, which didn’t exactly launch Till into the stratosphere like perhaps matchmakers hoped it might. Oh yeah, and Bellator 200 crowned a new middleweight champion (Gegard Mousasi!) and prompts your dudes to ask: How long we gonna let Michael Page simmer before finding him some competition?

All that, plus AYFKM, MasterTweet Theatre and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

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Yeah, so Kamaru Usman’s unanimous decision win over Demian Maia in the main event of UFC Fight Night 129 wasn’t exactly a crowd-pleaser. Usman largely wore Maia around the cage like a hat, but compared to the two first-round stoppages in the previous fights, it fell flat. Still, some interesting stuff for Ben and Chad to talk about did come out of it. What to make of Usman now as one of the UFC’s seemingly endless string of young, talented up-and-comers who feel like they could be nice puzzle pieces … if only the UFC could harness their potential. In addition to that fight, your dudes look ahead to Friday’s Bellator 200 and Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 130. Which will you want if you’ve only got one night to spare?

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

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Ben and Chad take back everything they said last week about how maybe UFC 224 and Bellator 199 wasn’t going to be all that. As it happened, shit was *flames emoji*. Amanda Nunes crafted her third straight women’s bantamweight title defense with a beatdown of Raquel Pennington in the UFC 224 main event. Fast-forward a couple days, however, and the hottest topic of conversation appears to be Pennington’s corner sending her back out for the fifth round after she told them she was “done” following the fourth. In that event’s co-main event, Jacare Souza and Kelvin Gastelum got themselves into a real slobberknocker. Not to be outdone, Bellator 199 was also full of crazy stoppages, including Ryan Bader's 15-second KO of Mo Lawal in the main event and Aaron Pico getting another first-round finish. All things will be discussed this week. All things.

All that, plus AYFKM and JSS.

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UFC 224 comes our way from Rio de Janeiro this Saturday, featuring Amanda Nunes defending her women’s bantamweight title against Raquel Pennington in its main event. Good news, though, Universe. If you’re feeling a little light in the wallet this weekend--or maybe you just don’t want to pay $65 for this card on principle--Bellator 199 is the same night live and free on the Paramount Network. That event features Ryan Bader’s bout against King Mo to close out the opening round of Bellator’s heavyweight grand prix. So, which option would Ben and Chad take if they weren't professional MMA journalists? Find out during this episode of the Co-Main Event Podcast! Plus, what’s going on with InvictaFC these days? How is that FightPass streaming deal working out?

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

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It’s always a good week on the Co-Main Event Podcast when Ben and Chad get to talk Fedor Emelianenko news that isn’t patently depressing. Therefore, Emelianenko’s weekend victory over Frank Mir at Bellator 198 is cause for celebration. Except, you know, you guys, let’s not get too crazy. Yes, for 48 seconds there he looked like a fighter you might describe as “Old Fedor” and actually mean it as a compliment. But your dudes get the sneaking feeling this respite from the inevitable might be short-lived. Still, let’s live it up while we can. Also, did Bellator get exactly the heavyweight grand prix outcomes it wanted so far? Finally, in a stunning CME first, Ben and Chad both present ideas for what they might talk about it round three: Ben Askren or the PFL “million dollar” tournaments? Whose ideas reign supreme?

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

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Just in case there was any confusion about who they were, Kevin Lee and Frankie Edgar took to the cage Saturday at UFC Fight Night 128 to remind us all. Lee got his point across en route to a fifth round doctor’s stoppage over the much-brutalized Edson Barboza. As for the Old Man? Well, he looked very much like the best version of himself while outdistancing Cub Swanson via unanimous decision. Funny thing about those wins, though: They both left your dudes Ben and Chad wondering what exactly comes next for Lee and Edgar. Good thing this episode of the Co-Main Event Podcast is here to to try to answer those--and many other--questions. In addition to Lee and Edgar, your guys take a look at the upcoming Bellator 198 card and try to forecast how Fedor Emelianenko vs. Frank Mir might go down.

All that, plus AYFKM, Just Sayin Stuff and MasterTweet Theatre.

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Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje had themselves a gem on Saturday in the main event of UFC on FOX 29. To say we are not surprised, motherfuckers, would be an enormous understatement. As two of the most dependable action fighters in UFC, both Poirier and Gaethje lived up to their gimmicks in this all-out brawl, which ultimately ended as a fourth-round TKO victory for Poirier. This was one of those fights where both guys emerged as arguably more likable than before. Especially for Poirier, this hard-fought victory made Ben and Chad wake up to the notion that “The Diamond” might be a pretty cool dude. In addition to that bout, your guys talk about Carlos Condit’s extended skid and this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 128, featuring Frankie Edgar vs. Cub Swanson and Edson Barboza vs. Kevin Lee.

All that plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

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Remember last week’s Co-Main Event Podcast, when Ben and Chad felt lucky that Tony Ferguson had been removed from UFC 223 on a Sunday, thereby (they thought) allowing them to dodge the CME News Curse for fight week? LOL. That shit feels like it happened 100 years ago, right? We were all so young then, back before anybody had even thrown a hand truck through the window of a charter bus full of their coworkers. Back before Ragin’ Al slid into a UFC main event like the DMs of a 29-year-old HR rep he met down at the shore. Back before Dana White had called the McGregor bus siege the “most disgusting” thing ever to happen in the UFC and then two days later made peace with it enough to note that a lot worse stuff happens in other sports (which, OK, fair point) and comment “I’ll take a dolly through a window any day.” Mmmmkay. Here, your dudes talk McGregor, Nurmy, Al, Rose, Joanna and a whole bunch more of UFC 223 craziness.

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